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The Kathmandu trolleybus system once served Kathmandu, the capital city of the then Kingdom of Nepal. It was the only trolleybus system ever to be constructed in that country.[1]

Kathmandu trolleybus system
Kathmandu trolleybus 1993.jpg
A Shanghai SK541 in Kathmandu, August 1993.
LocaleKathmandu, Nepal
Open28 December 1975 (1975-12-28)
CloseNovember 2008 (2008-11) (suspended)
November 2009 (2009-11) (official closure)
Operator(s)Nepal Trolley Bus Service (NTBS)
(to 2001)
Kathmandu Metropolitan City (KMC)
(from 2003)
Stock32 (maximum)[1]
Route length13 km (8 mi)[1]
Ramshah Path
Madan Bandari Path
Arniko Highway
Ring Road
Madhyapur Thimi
Surya Binak

Opened on 28 December 1975 (1975-12-28),[1][2] the system was a gift to Nepal from the People's Republic of China. It endured a somewhat chequered history, particularly in the first decade of the 21st century. Operation was suspended completely for almost two years, from 19 December 2001 until 1 September 2003,[3] because of maintenance, financial and political issues. When service was reinstated in 2003, it did not cover the route's outer half, between Koteshwor and Surya Binak, serving only about 5 km between Tripureshwor and Koteshwor.[4]

Operations on the system were suspended again, and for the final time, in late November 2008 (2008-11),[2][3] and the system was formally closed (without ever resuming operation) in November 2009.[3]

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  1. ^ a b c d Murray, Alan (2000). World Trolleybus Encyclopaedia, p. 84. Yateley, Hampshire, UK: Trolleybooks. ISBN 0-904235-18-1.
  2. ^ a b "Trolleybus city: Kathmandu Nepal". TrolleyMotion. Retrieved 2 July 2018.
  3. ^ a b c Box, Roland (July–August 2010). "More about the 2000s". Trolleybus Magazine No. 292, pp. 79 and 82. National Trolleybus Association (UK). ISSN 0266-7452.
  4. ^ Trolleybus Magazine No. 254 (March–April 2004), p. 46. National Trolleybus Association (UK). ISSN 0266-7452.

External linksEdit

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